There were 106 men and women who were helped last Thursday with their claims for VA benefits. Of this number, there were six who had recently received ratings of 100 percent for their services connected disabilities. There were 15 veterans who were assisted in filling their first claim for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. With the new e-benefits forms we are using, the time it takes for the veteran to receive a decision should be shortened significantly. I encourage all veterans who have access to a computer to set up a premium account in e-benefits at the VA website. With this account the veteran will be able to upload evidence or to see what stage the decision making process is in.
Shirley’s crew of ladies have been able to handle all of the surviving spouses while she has been off for a few weeks. She should be back to full duty the first Thursday in December. They were able to process 16 surviving spouses for benefits ranging from DIC, pension and one Atomic Radiation claim.
Treasurer Jerry Baxter was able to assist several veterans and their families through the benevolence fund Thursday morning. If you are in need of assistance, Jerry can be reached at 833-0773.
Last Monday we were invited to East Central University as part of the Upward Bound program for the veterans who are enrolled at the university. Those making the trip were Barbara Barb, Pat Pattillo, Dr. Wade Warren and myself. We were there to meet with other organizations that assist veterans in other areas such as jobs, mental health, etc.
Veterans Corner would like the opportunity to present a PowerPoint presentation on veterans benefits to any church or other organization that has veterans or surviving spouses as members. This usually takes only an hour for the presentation and question and answer period. For more information, call 550-8806.